might have an answer to that written from Mistletoe, and that his reply might alter its tone, or induce her to put it aside altogether; but when on Sunday morning none came, her own was sent. The word in it which frightened herself was the word 'engaged'. She tried various other phrases, but declared to herself at last that it was useless to 'beat about the bush'. He must know the light in which she was pleased to regard those passages of love which. she had permitted, so that there might be no mistake. Whether the letter would be to his liking or not, it must be of such a nature that it would certainly draw from him an answer on which she could act. She herself did not like the letter; but, considering her difficulties, we may own that it was not much amiss.
LORD RUFFORD MAKES UP HIS MIND
AS it happened, Lord Rufford got the two letters together, the cause of which was as follows: When he ran away from Mistletoe, as he certainly did, he had thought much about that journey home in the carriage, and was 'quite aware that he had made an ass of himself. As he sat at dinner on that day at Mistletoe his neighbour had said some word to him in joke as to his attachment to Miss Trefoil, and after the ladies had left the room another neighbour of the other sex had hoped that he had had a pleasant time on the road. Again, in the drawing-room it had seemed to him that he was observed. He could not refrain from saying a few words to Arabella as she lay on the sofa. Not to do so after what had occurred would have been in itself peculiar. But when he did so, some other man who was near her made way for him, as though she were acknowledged to be altogether his property. And then the duchess had striven to catch, him, and lead him into a special conversation. When this attempt was made he decided that he must at once retreat,--or else make up his mind to marry the young lady. And therefore he retreated.